I made a drops pattern sweater before. There were a few things I did NOT like, and had I been more experienced, I would have changed. It was my first sweater, though, so what did I know?
For example, the ribbing was knit with the same size needle as the sweater. It was HUGE. Didn't look good at all. The finishing directions were minimal. It was a zippered cardigan and it only said, "sew in the zipper." And of course, a zipper just sewn into a sweater looks tacky on the back side, which flipped open at the top, so it looked tacky.
I'd advise that you read through the pattern and even re-type it so you REALLY think it through. If something doesn't seem like it will work, play around with it. Following the pattern can be good, but following your instincts as a knitter has value, too!